7 Quick Takes: Court Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Travel. All of my flights went well other than my flight from Bellingham to Seattle being late on Monday and my flight to Bellingham on Tuesday involving horrible turbulence because of a weather system over the Whatcom County line. (I’m not a nervous flyer at all and even I was white-knuckling this one.) My hotel room was lovely and my rental car was great. I got to patronize the Qdoba in the Central Terminal off the C concourse both days even though I had a tight connection on Monday. (I was sitting next to the flight attendants for my San Jose flight who were deadheading from Bellingham. They told me I had time to grab food even though it was a tight connection and they’d make sure I got on my plane. They were right.)

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Court. The only way I can put it was that it was brutal. The judge who was supposed to hear the case was elevated to the appellate court and we got a judge who had been on the bench for three days. It was really painful to have to sit there and listen to everything that was said about me. Nothing was conclusively decided and the case was continued to March. I had been made to fly down for this hearing, so I’m more than a little irritated at this.

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Lenten devotional. I went straight from court to the airport on Tuesday and tried to channel my pain into editing reflections for my parish’s Lenten devotional booklet. I got quite a bit done and reading the reflections was a blessing to me.

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My swearing. You know you might swear a little too much when you text your priest about how court went and she tells you to call her while also mentioning that she is looking forward to learning some new swear words. (She has a fouler mouth than I do so I didn’t teach her anything new.)

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Daniel. I prepped like mad for this trip with regard to Daniel’s routine and care. My mom got an updated control journal for him and I did things like prep his lunches ahead of time and lay out his clothes so she could get him through the evening, morning, and afternoon I was gone without having to think too much. (I should add that my mom raised twins and backs me up 100% with Daniel’s care, so he was in the most capable hands with her. He also adores her which helps.) I was worried about him not sleeping but she got him to sleep just fine and handled his wake-up at 3 a.m. without a problem. She and my dad took him for “adventures” to Costco, Fred Meyer, and Haggen after school on Tuesday as well, which was fun for him. He was a happy kid while I was gone, but he was definitely relieved to see me.

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State of the Uniom. (Yes, the misspelling is intentional. It was a typo on the tickets.) I haven’t watched it yet or read the transcripts. My life is depressing enough without reading about 45’s nonsense.

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How I’m doing now. I’m worn out, not sleeping well, still feeling the sting of what Jon’s attorney said about me, and battling depression. Having to attend this hearing rebroke my heart, and the wound from having to file for divorce had the scab ripped off of it. I really want to crawl under the covers and curl up in a fetal position, but I don’t have that option. Instead, I’m dragging myself out of bed for class and doing what I need to do in order to parent Daniel because he needs a functional mama.

I don’t talk a lot about my divorce on here because it isn’t fair to Jon to have our dirty laundry aired, but know that it was not a decision I made lightly. Making it felt like I was being ripped in half.

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5 Quick Takes: Reasons My Quick Takes Are Late Edition

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I’m usually one of the first to post their Quick Takes when they go live on Friday at midnight (9 p.m. PST where I am) and it’s now Saturday without a post from me! Why, do you ask, are my Quick Takes late this week? Well…

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My bed broke. At Christmas, the SKORVA beam that goes down the middle of my IKEA bed broke. My brother had experienced something similar with his IKEA bed, so he helped me prop it with books. The new part arrived after New Year’s and I installed it… but there was another problem. The LUROY slats on which the mattress sits are in two pieces, not one and certain slats kept slipping and making part of the mattress sag. My bed will be slept in by someone else while I’m in San Jose so I had to get this fixed. I just duct-taped the two halves together in such a way that Red Green would approve.

Admittedly, I still think that the designers of the SKORVA and LUROY should be trampled by a herd of syphilitic reindeer.

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Court. As some of you know, there’s a request for order hearing this coming Tuesday in my divorce case. I was supposed to be able to testify by phone but was informed by my attorney two weeks ago that they were demanding me to be there in person because they couldn’t handle both Jon and me phoning our testimony into the hearing.

[insert me banging my head against the wall]

So… I cleared it with my parents to have them take care of Daniel and made arrangements to fly to San Jose on Monday afternoon, stay overnight, have court in the morning, and fly back to Washington on Tuesday afternoon. I’ll be gone for a little over 24 hours and am having to put everything together for my mom so that all the Daniel care stuff is automatic. While I have things more or less in place already, I’m having to edit the Daniel care journal to update it about medication and stuff like that.

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School. I have work for two classes due on Monday and one of those classes is an enormous time suck. I’ve got everything for the first one done and am about to dive into the calculations for the class that is the time suck.

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Daniel had no school on Friday. It was an in-service day or something so he was home yesterday, and that makes things a bit more complicated. Thankfully, he’s a good kid and we were able to go do some of the stocking-up for my trip without a problem.

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Health. While I’m recovering more from the respiratory crap last week, I’m still not 100% and still not sleeping well because my breathing sucks. There are a large number of naps being taken and sleeping in happening as a result.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: December 3, 2017

For Today… December 3, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… sunny. We had some rain as church was ending but it looks like that has passed over us. I’m glad I had my coffee this morning because the weather change can be a migraine trigger and caffeine helps with it.

I am thinking… about my Comprehensive Problem quiz for my Sage class. When it submitted yesterday evening, it claimed that I got 10/50. Either my server burped and deleted answers or the computer scored it incorrectly. Unfortunately, I don’t know if my instructor is going to look at it before Friday. (It’s due at 11:55 p.m. on Thursday night.)

I am thankful… to pretty much be done with work for the quarter. I’m just waiting for a teammate to post her presentation so I can comment on it and then I will be done!

One of my favorite things… when my escape room game actually cooperates with me.

I am wearing… jammies. Church attire today was a charcoal-colored long-sleeved shirt, black slacks, and black flats. I traded my slacks for jeans later on.

I am creating… nothing.

I am listening to… Fernando Ortega’s music.

I am hoping… my Comprehensive Problem quiz gets corrected in my favor.

I am learning… how to solve puzzles in the escape room games.

In my kitchen… nothing. My grandmother had a fall so no family dinners for a few weeks. I made do with a quesadilla and salsa tonight.

In the school room… Daniel’s speech is exploding.

Post Script… Jimmy Kimmel invites Roy Moore to put up or shut up when it comes to his Christian faith.

Shared Quote… From a gentleman at my church:

An apology from a man.

It’s problematic for me because this gentleman has *ALWAYS* treated me with the utmost respect. He shouldn’t have to apologize on behalf of his gender. He was further saddened when he learned that I have a #MeToo story (actually more than one).

A moment from my day… A favorite setting of the Magnificat.

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31 Days of My World As It Is Sung: The Simple Woman’s Daybook for October 29, 2017

For Today…

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. It started out quite foggy this morning and it eventually burned off in the afternoon.

I am thinking… about my coffee date with a classmate to do work tomorrow.

I am thankful… for typos in the bulletin that lead to mirth during worship.

One of my favorite things… sleep.

I am wearing… jammies. Church this morning was my turquoise/black/white bokeh print dress, black cardigan, black camisole, black tights, and black flats. After that, it was a long-sleeved blue-green shirt and jeans.

I am creating… folders, quick steps, and tasks in Outlook.

I am reading listening to… various things online.

I am hoping… I get stuff done in a timely fashion this week.

I am learning… various things in Outlook.

In my kitchen… pot roast, carrots, multi-colored potatoes, and salad for dinner.

In the school room… I had a great time with Daniel on his class field trip to the pumpkin patch last week.

A moment from my day… Our anthem from this morning.

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31 Days of My World As It Is Sung: The Simple Woman’s Daybook for October 22, 2017

For Today… October 22, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… still a little cloudy but more sun than we’ve seen in a week. We had lots of rain and strong winds that knocked over planters in the yard.

I am thinking… my Electronic Communication assignment that is due tomorrow.

I am thankful… for fun at my grandma’s birthday party last night.

One of my favorite things… salami and brie baguettes from Haggen.

I am wearing… charcoal fitted tee from Old Navy and jeans. Church clothes were the tee paired with black slacks, my black cardigan, and black flats.

I am creating… reports in Sage. Whee!

I am reading… Reddit subs.

I am hoping… the Internet stays functional. It was spazzing last night and this morning.

I am learning… best practices for Skype.

In my kitchen… leftover stinky cheeses from my cousin’s wine and cheese 50th birthday party last weekend. Mmmmm… Cambozola!

In the school room… I get to go to the pumpkin patch with Daniel this week for school.

Post Script… some commentary on Patheos giving Mark Driscoll some blogging space.

Shared Quote… For those who saw all the #MeToo statuses on Facebook:

#MeToo

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31 Days of My World As It Is Sung: The Party

31 Days of My World As It Is Sung

So the party ended and it was lovely. We had 18 people at the house for dinner and it was kind of funny. I was sitting at the table with my twin brother, his wife, my friend Chad, and grandma… and all of a sudden people descended on the house and the volume in the downstairs exploded! Grandma was very much with it yesterday and talking to people one-on-one. We think she really enjoyed being the belle of the ball.

Food was goulash, spaetzle, cabbage, beans, salad, and cake with two kinds of ice cream for dessert. We had half of a sheet cake and we managed to knock almost all of it out. (We did send home pieces with people.)

All in all, it was a wonderful gathering and I’m glad we could have that many people under one roof again for the first time in a few years.

31 Days of My World As It Is Sung: Free Speech Edition of My 7 Quick Takes

7 Quick Takes

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Free speech. I just saw on Facebook that Richard Spencer’s speech has ended. The furor over it reminded me of when Milo Yiannopolous attempted to speak at UC Berkeley and they had to cancel it because of the protests. I got pretty sick of having to explain to morons on Facebook that your right to free speech does not mean that your speech is free of consequences.

Milo’s speech also marked the beginning of my policy of unfollowing and unfriending anyone on my wall who used the term “libtard”.

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Stories about the good in people. This has been a fortunate find and has restored some of my faith in humanity.

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97. My grandma turns 97 years old today. We’ll be having 19 (!!!!) people at the house for dinner on Saturday… which should be interesting. 2 1/2 recipes of goulash, spaetzle, various salads, and half of a sheet cake will be appearing tomorrow and Saturday. My evil twin and his long-suffering wife will arrive tomorrow.

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Really? Apparently,45 gives himself and his administration a 10/10 for Puerto Rico disaster recovery efforts. Geez… grade inflation is out of control! [/sarcasm]

So… an A+ effort means a widespread lack of electricity and drinkable water. Huh. Pretty sure Obama would have been crucified for his disaster relief efforts if they had been like 45’s in Puerto Rico.

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You mean politicians can work together? Props to the 24 senators co-sponsoring a bill to save the Affordable Care Act. I am especially proud that Patty Murray, my senator, was one of the leaders in putting this together.

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Prerequisite baseball take. The Horrible Team from LA is apparently going to be in the World Series. I guess I’ll be rooting for the American League this year, even if it’s the Yankees.

*vomits at the thought of the Dodgers in the World Series*

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Some music. Enjoy this new song from Rend Collective.

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